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Developing a Learning Classroom
Moving Beyond Management Through Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor



June 2012 | 152 pages | Corwin
Discover powerful ways to connect with your students!

All too often, managing a classroom means gaining control, dictating guidelines, and implementing rules. Designed for any teacher struggling with student behavior, motivation, and engagement, Developing a Learning Classroom explores how to create a thriving, learning-centered classroom through three critical concepts?relationships, relevance, and rigor. Discover how you can:

Develop an interactive learning mindset

Create a safe environment where students question, explore, and discover

Uncover a student's learning profile as well as your own teaching style

Use student input to create classroom practices and procedures

Apply brain-based instructional strategies to keep students engaged

Use student surveys and a personal education plan to improve learning environments

Filled with classroom stories, starter worksheets, and action steps, this book reveals the secrets to transforming an ordinary classroom into an extraordinary learning community!

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. What Is a Learning Classroom? How to Develop Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor
 
2. Who Am I Who Teaches? How Knowing Oneself Impacts Practice
 
3. Who Are the Students We Teach? How Knowing Our Students Affects Teaching and Learning
 
4. How Do We Reach Our Students? How Procedures and Clear Expectations Develop a Learning Classroom
 
5. How Do We Teach Our Students? How to Engage Students in Their Own Learning With Rigor and Relevance
 
6. How Do We Know If Our Students Are Learning? How to Assess and Motivate Students
 
7. How Do We Stay in the Game? How to Cultivate Learning Communities for Continual Professional Growth
 
Appendix A. Introductory Student Survey
 
Appendix B. Advanced Student Survey
 
Apendix C. Sample Socratic Questions: Tools to Stimulate Critical Thinking
 
Appendix D. Flexible Lesson Design
 
Appendix E. Personal Education Plan
 
References
 
Index

“When students feel safe and respected, the time spent managing a classroom is replaced with time spent teaching. This book helps teachers refocus.”

Leslie Standerfer, Principal
Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, AZ

“Finally, a book has given us information on a topic that takes years to discover by yourself in the classroom!”

Julie Duford, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Polson Middle School, MT

"Implementing the wide variety of elements provided in this book will provide the learning environment teachers dream of and students thrive in."

Alexis Ludewig, Adjunct Instructor
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI

"This book explores the basics of creating a learning-centered classroom founded on relationships, relevance and rigor. From creating a safe environment for questions and interactions to pairing student learning profiles with teacher approaches, this is packed with brain-based strategies considering how we teach students and who these students are."

Midwest Book Review, October 2012

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